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NPR vice presidential debate fact-check

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Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation are expected to hold a conversation Tuesday.  


Environmental groups are continuing their work to revive habitats along the Great Lakes corridor.

The issue of storm water runoff has plagued waterways in Great Lakes states for years. Areas like Toronto on Lake Ontario, the Buffalo River in Western New York and the Maumee River in Ohio are just a few examples.

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The month of October is recognized nationwide as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, for the first time, Erie County Hall will mark the month by illuminating purple during evenings.

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The graduation rate for Catholic high school students in Western New York is at 99-percent.  98-percent of those graduates go on to college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the Schools Superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo about strengthening Catholic schools and challenges ahead.   

Tonight it will be the vice presidential hopefuls’ turn to debate. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence haven’t received nearly the attention that their running mates have gotten thus far, but tonight’s debate could help determine who is elected this November.

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Canisius College has received a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance its STEM learning.   The five year grant will allow the college to provide 700-thousand dollars in scholarships starting in the fall of next year.

Despite recent rain, WNY remains under drought status

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United States Drought Monitor

Although rain finally arrived in late summer and early fall, Western and Central New York remain under drought status, says the United States Drought Monitor. One climatologist says even if Hurricane Matthew takes a path that brings abundant rain to the region, it will have little impact on a drier-than-usual environment this year.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings into a fatal midair plane collision in North Collins.

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The film production business in Western New York has been steadily growing and on this week's edition of Press Pass, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark tells WBFO's Pat Feldballe about a couple of recent visits he had with some Hollywood heavy hitters.

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The possibility of trucks carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste across the Peace Bridge has been pushed back until at least February, as supporters and opponents duel in a federal court.

Big changes are on the horizon for the western end of Lake Erie.

It's the nation's very first fresh water wind farm. The project known as Icebreaker, consists of six wind turbines located 8 to 10 miles offshore north of Cleveland.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with survivors of trafficking, advocacy groups and the police department to announce new bipartisan legislation. The bill, called the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, would clear the criminal records of victims of human trafficking.

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While it has been talked about for some time, city officials are now pushing hard for some mandatory affordable housing in new developments in the city.

The WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash takes place Saturday night at the WNED|WBFO studios. The concert is being headlined by St. Louis' Jeremiah Johnson Band. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe spoke with Johnson about his roots and his upcoming visit to the Queen City.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said much of the responsibility for the alleged corruption scandal touching his administration is on the state university system, specifically SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which oversaw many of the contracts. But reform groups say the governor is not telling the whole story.

Local members of the technology and tourism industry learned how to use technology to boost their business during an event in downtown Buffalo yesterday.

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After a successful summer at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for expanded access to one of the area’s hidden gems – often overlooked or avoided by visitors.

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State lawmakers say the legislation passed and signed earlier this year to battle opioid addiction is a good start but there is more that needs to be done. Monday morning in Buffalo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul led a roundtable discussion, during which many people who work on the front lines of the addiction crisis provided feedback.

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A theater company in Buffalo, solely devoted to children, is celebrating its 45th season.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Theatre of Youth, known as TOY, continues entertaining young children with special performances as an educational tool. 

How much will wind, solar energy cost NYers?

Oct 3, 2016

A new report from the conservative fiscal watchdog group finds that New York State's plan to boost renewable sources of energy and support struggling nuclear plants could cost more than the state estimates. The Empire Center says that could mean higher energy bills for consumers who are paying for the initiative that aims to cut harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

Over the last 15 years, winning has been the norm for the New England Patriots, who have been especially dominant on their home turf. On Sunday, the story changed dramatically as the Bills  beat the Patriots, 16-0, at Gillette Stadium. "I don't want to hear the Patriots were without Tom Brady as an excuse. They were still a three-and-oh team and are likely the team to beat in the AFC,"  analyst Matt Sabuda said. "And yesterday, the Bills beat them."

BBB warns of tech support scam

Oct 3, 2016

The Better Business Bureau is warning Western New Yorkers about a new scam. It says to be weary of strangers pretending to offer computer tech support.

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Two centuries after the British and United States squared off at the War of 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights, the Native American allies of the two sides were remembered Sunday as the Landscape of Nations was unveiled in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Mike Desmond was there for the first viewings of the Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial.

A ton of pumpkin wins world weigh-off

Oct 3, 2016
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The results are in from Sunday's World Pumpkin Weigh-off. The winner tipped the scales at nearly a ton.

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What's now an old industrial building on Chandler Street, filled with debris and old oil and with a roof which burned off years ago, is slated to be a home for software developers by July. It's developer Rocco Termini's latest project in his Pierce Arrow neighborhood along the railroad Belt Line in North Buffalo.

Bills shut out Brady-less Patriots

Oct 3, 2016

Buffalo took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0 Sunday. The win was just the second for the Bills in the stadium's history.

Steel Winds farm, Lackawanna, NY

It’s easy to list the benefits of renewable energy, but calculating the costs can be difficult, like the impact on birds.

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Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood has changed significantly over the past few decades. While there are many obvious landmarks that are deemed worthy of preserving, there are also lesser-known properties that neighborhood activists want spared from demolition. An effort is getting underway to catalog them.

A dead body was discovered in a Buffalo neighborhood Sunday morning.